I went to ASU and lived there for 5 years.
Reasons I wouldn't do it:
If your not getting a pay raise be aware that the overall cost of living is higher for food, ammo, gas, etc.
Food is more you are correct, Ammo no concern, Gas is cheaper in Arizona. It was 2.85 today I asked my buddy. I also get better gas mileage in the dead of summer with my AC on then I do right now during Winter due to the increased warmup time for the SUV and the heat running.
Unless you will have a confirmed carport or garage, the heat will trash your car when your not driving it - including the exterior paint and the interior.
House with a 2 or 3 car garage for sure. No vehicles outside.
Registration for you car plates is based on the value of your car, so if you have a nice car it can cost hundreds or THOUSANDS a year for your plates.
Very very good point! Damn that hurts I remember someone telling me that!
Remember, you will have to pay a ton in utilities to keep your abode cool.
Utilities are actually cheaper in Arizona per sites I have looked at.
Downtown Phoenix makes Cabrini look like a country club.
I heard there are it's bad parts, but Southern Chicago is also a shithole.
Even with the carry laws, theft is rampant.
Yes absolutely true, but to be honest theft doesn't seem to be stopped where I live now since my SUV got broken into last year and my bike stolen this year.
You will not enjoy riding your bike in that heat and dust - it wasn't worth it for me and I only rode occasionally in the evenings.
Today it was 72 degrees in Arizona. Did you not ride in the winter?
The only thing I thought that was great about Arizona was its close proximity to premier skiing in northern Cal, Utah, Colorado - etc. But I blew my knee out, and dont ski anymore, so there would be no reason for me to want to go back.